During a follow-up visit the next day, inspectors still found live and dead roaches, and vermin were still present.
SANTA ROSA BEACH — A South Walton County restaurant was shut down for two days last week after health inspectors found live and dead roaches and vermin present.
According to the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation, inspectors initially closed the Jin Jin 1 restaurant located at 2078 U.S. Highway 98 West, #104 in Santa Rosa Beach on July 13 after discovering two high priority and 16 basic food safety violations. The violations included 12 live roaches found on a shelf on the wait station, and 13 other live roaches located throughout the kitchen, including the prep table.
Inspectors also found dead roaches throughout the kitchen, including on the prep table shelf. According to the report, a screen on the rear door was torn, and vermin were present.
The restaurant was also cited for using non-food grade containers for storing food, and for an objectionable odor coming from the grease pit.
During a follow-up visit the next day, inspectors still found live and dead roaches, the screen was still torn, and vermin were still present. The restaurant was able to reopen on July 15 after inspectors found that the high priority violations had been corrected.